With an uncertain economic future looming overhead, and the possibility that your company is still attempting to recover from the recent recession, odds are that your organisation is looking to further cut costs where applicable. Fortunately, eLearning provides learning and training at a much lower cost than that of traditional training. eLearning is a teaching method that delivers effective and engaging training with several other measurable benefits.
eLearning can provide bite-sized chunks of information that are easy to digest for end users, and not reliant on the varying skill levels or specialties of training instructors. As eLearning is usually provided as a finished product and can be used by staff for learning in-house, staff may take a just a few moments from their working day to complete training without the need for a full day of training in an external location, producing cost effective results. This method eliminates room hiring fees, instructor fees, and staff accommodation, with only payment for course production costs. There is no variable cost of delivery and the cost per user for training staff effectively will be much lower.
eLearning services, when applied correctly, can deliver more engaging content with more efficient, measurable results for users. Produced innovatively, eLearning provides lasting memorable learning experiences that staff will enjoy, not dread to complete. Decent eLearning programs encourage individuals to interact with the course material. eLearning can be a self-paced learning process, encouraging individuals to take the time to digest the information being provided at their own speed, learn and ultimately, positively engage with the experience provided by their employer.
Traditional training courses would mean being sat in a room for hours on end, forced to listen to monotone speeches as the clock ticks by slowly. In these scenarios, motivation is often fleeting, and employee engagement is sparse; this is where in our opinion eLearning can alter this age old tradition of ticking HR boxes while everyone involved pretends that teaching and learning are taking place. In-fact, eLearning systems are based around the concept of end-user interaction, the level of which may be dependent on the quality of the system.
Logging and tracking user progress have been long-standing features of eLearning systems. These features allow users to actively monitor their progress throughout their training and where necessary, make or inform of changes that need to be made to the learning infrastructure in place within an organisation.
What sets good eLearning apart?
As technology has evolved, so too has good eLearning. Early eLearning programs resembled that of primitive websites, where pages were little more than a digital banner. The days of shoddy film and multiple choice questioning are soon to be finished with. eLearning is breaking the stigma it was once associated with in the corporate world.
It has been cited that uninspiring content is a barrier to the training of 1 in 3 employees. What this means is providers, creative agencies and employers have a priority to develop programmes for training and development that provide information while providing enjoyment for its users in doing so.
An inspiring course will integrate a range of media, such as kinetic text, film and audio techniques used by the film industry to help retain the attention of the user, rather than simply purchase off-the-shelf solutions with generic animations and a couple of provider logos placed in the top right-hand corner of the interface. Systems now use a range of different learning techniques to ensure the involvement of as many learning types as possible, ranging from videos to what would you do scenarios. The best systems and courses out there will now be utilising gamification techniques to ensure the learning process more involved and ultimately, fun.